uCurriculum seeks to support "U" - your unique drives, passions, and interests. Unlike many online courses, YOU determine what you get out of the course, and YOU choose what you want to put into it. It’s kind of like a buffet for the mind. I’ve prepared a bunch of tasty dishes, but each child decides what to put on his or her plate.
Through it all, I’ll be available to guide, facilitate and provide thoughtful feedback.
Hi there! I’m Nicole Olson, founder of uCurriculum.
I’ve had the joy of working with children for 24 years in a variety of capacities. I worked as a special educator and then a classroom teacher for ten years before becoming a full-time homeschooling mom, which I have been doing for the last fourteen years. I have four school-age children, all of whom learn at home. I also teach classes out of my home for local homeschooling children.
When I’m not teaching, I enjoy working in several fulfilling capacities. I am the founder of unschoolers.org, where I blog about the educational philosophy known as unschooling and share stories of my family’s journey from traditional education to practicing unschooling. I am also the author of several children’s books as well as one book for adults that chronicles my parenting journey. I have had the pleasure of being interviewed for several podcasts and websites, including a parenting podcast called We Turned Out Okay. I’ve been honored to speak to various groups about parenting and educational philosophy including New Hampshire’s Head Start State Parent Advisory Council. I am also an educational consultant, helping parents to make educational choices that are best for their children and supporting them as they make educational transitions.
I truly believe that children learn best when they are interested in what they are learning and are offered a wide range of options for acquiring a skill. My goal is to present ideas in a way that is fun, engaging, and respectful of children’s individual learning processes. I see myself as a partner and facilitator, joyfully exploring concepts along with my learners. Therefore, I teach only what I am passionate about, hopeful that this will kindle an enthusiasm for the subject matter in my learners.